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Flooding and weather update

Flooding and weather update

With more rain expected over the weekend (February 14-16), local people are being asked to adhere to safety advice and ensure they are as prepared as possible should their homes be at risk of flooding.
Wiltshire Council and its partners are working with local communities to ensure homes and businesses are protected from the impact of flooding.
Rain is expected throughout the weekend and rainfall in neighbouring counties is affecting river levels in Wiltshire. Groundwater levels are still very high.
Jonathon Seed, cabinet member for flooding, said: “We’re expecting more rain this weekend and we are working with our partners to keep people who could be at risk from flooding informed. We’ll have staff supporting those people who are most vulnerable as well as teams out across the county helping to keep roads clear.”

This work is being coordinated by the Local Resilience Forum (LRF) which prepares for, responds to and helps with the recovery from local major incidents and emergencies.
Salisbury:
There is a low risk of some properties being flooded in Salisbury and multi-agency teams are letting those who could be affected know directly. Protecting the vulnerable remains a priority and the teams include adult social care officers and Wiltshire Police. Sandbags are being issued to properties which could be flooded due to high river levels. The MOD is supporting with this work. People are being warned that in cases where homes are flooded due to groundwater, sandbags are ineffective.
Highways information and advice for motorists:
Motorists are being urged to drive safely and sensibly. The emergency services are already busy helping the most vulnerable in our communities, and every time they have to help motorists who have got into difficulties driving through the floods, this could delay other vital, lifesaving work.
Drivers should never move road closures, or attempt to drive through roads which have been closed due to flooding – both of these are a potential offence. Where roads are open, but have some minor flooding, drivers must slow down and drive according to the conditions.
Many houses are at danger of flooding by the bow wave from fast-moving vehicles, and pedestrians can be drenched with unclean water. This is also an offence and motorists could be prosecuted.
Highways teams from Wiltshire Council are out in force, dealing with flooded roads and properties. People who see a blocked road are being asked to report it, although it may take some time for the team to reach minor roads. If people wish to report a highway issue, they can call the council’s highways team on 0300 456 0105.
Flooding update:
Groundwater levels still high and river levels are rising due to high rainfall. Groundwater and river levels often take days to react to rainfall, so people are being advised to be vigilant in the days following high levels of rain.
The Environment Agency (EA) is continuing to monitor river levels particularly in Malmesbury, Bradford on Avon and Salisbury.
Wiltshire Council is monitoring at-risk areas and working with local people, particularly those who are vulnerable in case water levels rise significantly.
Safety messages:
After periods of heavy rainfall, water stored within the ground can overflow and come to the surface as springs or seepage. This can cause problems for months after very bad weather and can often affect properties which are not frequently flooded.
People are being urged to refrain from driving or walking through floodwater because it is never clear how deep the water is or what the water is covering. It is important people do not move or remove signs.
Please ensure there is good ventilation if you are using portable indoor heating appliances to dry out indoor spaces. Do not use petrol or diesel generators or other similar fuel-driven equipment indoors as the exhaust gases contains carbon monoxide, which can kill.
If you have been affected by sewage flooding please try to avoid coming into direct contact with the floodwater.
Washing hands is the best way to get rid of harmful bugs. Use warm, clean water and soap, then rinse and dry your hands after being in contact with flood water, sewage or with items that have been in the water. If there is no clean water, use disposable soapy, wet wipes to carefully clean all parts of your hands and dry them.
For more information and advice visit Wessex Water’s website:
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Teams from Wiltshire Council are already out in force, dealing with flooded roads and properties. People who see a blocked road are being asked to report it, although it may take some time for the team to reach minor roads. If people wish to report a highway issue, they can call the council’s highways team on 0300 456 0105.
Information is available on the Wiltshire and Swindon Local Resilience Forum website Details of road closures are available on Wiltshire Council’s website

Advice from Public Health England and the Environment Agency for people who are at risk of or have been flooding is available here

Details of flooding issues can also be found on the Environment Agency website at

Updates on road conditions are given through the council’s @WiltshireWinter Twitter account. People can follow this for up-to-date information during any adverse weather.

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